Crossing the chasm: Leadership nudges to help transition from strategy formulation to strategy implementation

Tawse, Alex and Patrick, Vanessa M and Vera, Dusya,(2019), Crossing the chasm: Leadership nudges to help transition from strategy formulation to strategy implementation. , Business Horizons, UNSPECIFIED

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Top managers tend to focus on strategy formulation and planning but fail to embrace the problem-solving complexity of strategy implementation. This can lead to implementation failures that are reflected in misaligned organizations that seem to know where they want to go but cannot seem to get there. We posit that one reason for the ineffective transition from strategy formulation to strategy implementation is that planning is associated with a different set of thought processes and emotional experiences than is required for strategy implementation. We integrate research from management(strategy implementation and change management) with that from psychology (self-regulation and nudges) to identify the transition from strategic planning to implementation as a roadblock that prevents effective strategy implementation. We then present six leadership nudges that aid this transition. The first set of nudges are willpower-enhancing nudges that rely on increasing willpower to help transition from planning to implementation: Remove the distraction to plan, develop implementation intentions, and use verbal framing. The second set are desire-reducing nudges that work to decrease the desirability of planning and in so doing facilitate the transition to implementation: Highlight the end game, leverage a crisis, and celebrate small wins.
Keywords : Strategy formulation, Strategy implementation, Managerial levers, Nudges, Self-regulation, UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title: Business Horizons
Volume: 62
Number: 2
Item Type: Article
Subjects: Manajemen
Depositing User: Endhar Priyo Utomo
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 06:42
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2019 06:42

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